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Aaron

I'm an eater of Words.

Member Since 2008

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  • 13 reviews
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  • 343 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Reflex

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (698)

    Davy has always been alone. He believes that he's the only person who can teleport. But what if he isn't? A mysterious group of people has taken Davy captive. They don't want to hire him, and they don't have any hope of appealing to him to help them. What they want is to own him. They want to use his abilities for their own purposes, whether Davy agrees to it or not. And so they set about brainwashing him and conditioning him. But there's one thing that they don't know....

    Katherine says: "Exciting sequel to Jumper"
    "ARE WE SERIOUS HERE? WHERE AM I?"
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    What in the world is this? I swear I'm only finishing this book because if has to get better. I refuse to believe I wasted my credits on this? How can you make a bad story where the main character can teleport? We'll lets see. 1. Remove his ability to use his powers. 2. Try and make the reader care about the character. 3. Add a weird homeless woman that stutters and has a weird name. 4. Give someone else the same powers as the main character (for no reason). 5. Do nothing with the story. 6. I had to look up the author because I couldn't believe this got published. 7. The joke is on me.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Bird Eater

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ania Ahlborn
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Twenty years ago, the mysterious death of his aunt left Aaron Holbrook orphaned and alone. He abandoned his rural Arkansas hometown vowing never to return, until his seven-year-old son died in an accident, plunging Aaron into a nightmare of addiction and grief. Desperate to reclaim a piece of himself, he returns to the hills of his childhood, to Holbrook House, where he hopes to find peace among the memories of his youth. But solace doesn't come easy. Someone - or something - has other plans.

    Aaron says: "WAS THE NARRATOR ON A BREATHING MACHINE!!!!"
    "WAS THE NARRATOR ON A BREATHING MACHINE!!!!"
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    Every other sentence the narrator took a large breath. Hey Pete, why didm' t you add some open mouthed chewing to the loud breathing, that would have been the cherry on my ear sunday!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Oath

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Farnsworth
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (565)

    The ultimate secret. The ultimate agent. The President's vampire. Zach Barrows is an ambitious young White House staffer whose career takes an unexpected turn when he's partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the President. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant.

    colleen says: "Buy It"
    "SPOILER ALERT: This Book Blows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    From tedious dialog to sloppy transitions this is one of the worst books I've listened to in a long time. How some people become published authors is beyond my understanding. Well done Christopher Farnsworth. You've beat the system and made money doing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monstrumologist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (152)

    Dr. Warthrop is a scientist who tracks and studies real-life monsters. Assisted by his 12-year-old apprentice, Will Henry, Dr. Warthrop discovers a pod of Anthropophagi and launches a hunt to destroy the foul beasts.

    Kristin M. Slonski says: "Excellent naration brought the horror to life"
    "For me Dog, It was just alright. Yeah!!!"
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    I bought this because I liked the 5th Wave, and this book sounded cool. Great concept, a Monster Hunter! Except there were only three monster scenes. This book should have been called the clichemologist. The dialog was clumsy, characters were made up of overused catch phrases (Snap too! Snap too!) and it felt really forced. I could write so much more about how bad this book was, but just thinking about it is bringing up bad memories. p.s. The title is not spelled right. Monster and ology are the two words the author is putting together. Ology is Greek, meaning the Study of knowledge. So why is it spelled with 'RUM' like a guitar sound. When it should really be Monsterology or Monsterologist. The title is so sloppy!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5108)
    Performance
    (2206)
    Story
    (2202)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "BRILLIANT!!"
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    One of the best, most believable spy books ever written. The story, speed and depth of plot is perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Firefly

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (156)

    At midnight, in a secret medical clinic in Washington, D.C., two foreign doctors and their team are completing plastic surgery on an anonymous client who is changing the appearance of his face, among other things. After the procedure, the client begins to stir - and suddenly the operating room erupts in violence, and the clinic is ablaze.

    Richard says: "A good listen, but ending defies credulity...."
    "I'M LOOKING FOR ANOTHER BOOK LIKE THIS!!"
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    This is how a books need to be written. From page 1 you were already in the story trying to figure out what's going on. The setup, character development, etc., etc., was laced into the plot making the story fun and fast paced.

    On a side note, I went to Barnes and Noble to pick up a hard copy but they didn't carry it. Only special order, if I wanted to wait, I didn't. Strange how great books aren't recognized but others like Twilight sell (one of the biggest literary failures in the history of publishing).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2115)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (940)

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "I've listened to all three books 5 times!"
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    The stars aligned when Jonathan Stroud's words met Simon Jones' voice. By far one of the all time best trilogies ever written. The story and narration is so fluid hours go by like minutes.

    I've tried other books by JS and they were way below the entertainment standards of the Bartimaeus Trilogy. But even if these are the best JS has to offer it is a literary masterpiece. Whenever I'm board I can always go back to TBT and it's still fresh and fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11337)
    Performance
    (10568)
    Story
    (10576)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "A Must!!"
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    This is one of my favorite single books of all time. Who is Ernest Cline and when is his next book coming out. If you are a fan of pop-culture, technology and video games this might be the greatest book ever written. How cool would it be to live in this world. I'd have one awesome avatar. Something dark with dual curving swords attached to his back and I'd specialize in magic: 99th level indeed.

    PS: Red cover is alright, but if you buy a hard copy check out the black cover. Makes me think of Qbert.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4477)
    Performance
    (3914)
    Story
    (3969)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "I want the last 7 years of my life back (bk 2-end)"
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    I encourage you to skip ahead whenever it gets boring. You won't miss anything. I've gone through 16 hours of filler. At first I was angry. Was this what I waited for? Seven years from the release of book 2 to the end (which should have been book 3, that whole "I had too big of a story to end it", and "it's already done I'm just splitting the book in two" lies we got from Paolini on that Youtube video; you’re lucky if you didn’t see it…
    I digress: Is it me or is Paolini’s writing getting worse? Book one was real good, book 2 not so much and book 3 was terrible (nothing happened in the whole book). I’m starting to wonder if Mr. and Mrs. Paolini didn’t rewrite that whole first book for young master Christopher.

    Hundreds and hundreds of pages should have been left on the editing room floor (shame on you Michelle Frey), this book is a total disappointment and I’m not even done….I’m skipping chapters like crazy and not losing any ground.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13309)
    Performance
    (11677)
    Story
    (11727)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Great book! Weird Narration"
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    From the beginning of the narration I was irritated. Roy mixed up his character voices from the first time around. He used voices form characters that were killed. He also pronounced character names differently. Ex. Instead of Brienne (Bry-een) Roy calls her (Brian).

    When George R. R. Martin was writing this book he didn't remember every name, character description etc., so he went back, checked his work and wrote the book. So why is it that whenever a new narrator picks up another narrators work in the middle of a series they use different pronunciations? It is really disrespectful to the author and listener. Have some respect for the craft. And for Roy to come back after so many years and forgetting his voices and what he called Georges characters is extremely unprofessional. This is a great book but weird narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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